This course covers the operational and practical use and care of ICP-OES. We discuss how to prepare samples and standards, setup the software, operate and calibrate, optimise detection limits and recognise and deal with matrix effects, as well as maintenance and troubleshooting. Additional topics include the automatic sample changer and ultrasonic nebuliser.
John has worked in the field of analytical chemistry for over 45 years and has gained experience in a wide variety of analytical techniques and instrumentation in several industries and applications. He has always been interested in understanding the technology well and utilizing it at its optimum in order to produce reliable and accurate chemical data. To this end he is committed to enable others to not only use the technology correctly but also understand what it does, how it works and how to maintain it.
Correct sample collection and preparation is important for samples to be analysed by ICP-OES. We highlight standard preparation and considerations for the best calibration algorithms. We demonstrate how to develop a software analysis program for a multi-element set and an analysis sequence for a batch of standards
This section deals with preparation of the ICP-OES instrument for measurement, with checks on the services and condition, and the steps of operation and shut-down. We also discuss optimisation for a small element measurement set, and how to recognise and deal with matrix effects.
We present details of routine operator maintenance, which needs to be attended to for continuing efficient performance and good condition of equipment. We also cover troubleshooting by observing performance parameters and identifying and eliminating any problems.
We describe the Automatic Sample Changer and the Ultrasonic Nebulizer, their features, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting